Dancer Eoin overcomes the odds on the route to world title
Members of our local Irish Dance School Celtic Academy flew to Eindhoven in the Netherlands, to take part in this year's WIDA World and International Championships under the guidance of their Lead Teacher Tracy Carrick.
The championships were held over four days and seven of our dancers took to the stage and brought home a fantastic haul of 10 Medals, five Recall Plaques and of course the ultimate prize of a first place globe.
Eoin O'Toole Carrick has been dancing since the age of five and has been placed on the podium four times previously, but never managed to scoop the top prize, till now.
Eoin is a great example of how with hard work and dedication, anyone can achieve their dream. What a lot of people do not realise is that just over two years ago, this young man was very ill in hospital due to damage done by a viral infection previously.
Instead of been able to get 100% better, Eoin was then admitted to the Rehabilitation unit in Harold's Cross Hospice and there with daily physiotherapy, occupational therapy and hydrotherapy, they helped Eoin to learn to deal with the pain rather than cure it. After just one day there, Eoin was diagnosed with Pain Amplification Syndrome and to overcome this, Eoin had to stick to a very light and slow exercise program. This was to retrain the brain and 'turn down the volume' of the pain.
He could only do training little and often and had to avoid pushing himself through the pain barrier, as this could reset the brain back to be sensitized. This was difficult as Eoin has always pushed himself to be the best at everything he does but things started to look up.
He still has a day here and there were he is in pain but works around it so as you can see, to come back and go win a World Championship really does show you what real champions are made off so Eoin and his family (and off course his fellow dancers in Celtic Academy) can be very proud of this wonderful achievement.
Eoin now hopes to inspire the younger dancers in the class to push themselves to be the best that they can be.
Now that they are all home safe, Celtic Academy returns to normal this week after the Easter break, with classes every Wednesday in the Kilmacanogue Parish Hall at 2.10 p.m. and 3.10 p.m. Congratulations to Tracy and all her dancers. Not everyone can be a champion but everyone can aim and dream to be a champion.